Thanksgiving in New York

Thanksgiving in New York


Have you ever wanted to visit New York? 


Have you dreamt about all of the wonderful, Christmassy scenes around Central Park or the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade?


As a child my dream was to visit New York over Thanksgiving & watch the Thanksgiving parade! This magical dream all came after watching Miracle on 34th Street as a child. 


Thanksgiving in New York

Fast forward some years later, and this year was the year my dream became a reality – November 2019. 


People came out in force, the streets were 10-15 deep but we struggled through to get near the front to catch a glimpse of the ‘Macy’s Santa!’. 

Being amongst the Americans, the locals really did make it for me. They were all absolutely buzzing for it to start & to be the first to spot an inflatable character. 


It was quite chilly, but a crisp, bright morning and everyone was waiting in anticipation for it start. 

We found a spot quite close to the end of the parade so we had to wait a little longer than the 9am start time for the first float. 

By 9:20am the first of the floats and inflatable characters were passing by, with the very talented marching bands, & the celebrities too. 

I hadn’t even realised how many celebrities would be on the floats, but it was really good to see everyone so involved, enthusiastic & proud to be apart of the big day. Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Rolland, TLC, Idina Menzel were all apart of the parade. 


Standing on the road side amongst all of the families with young children it was clear that this was the start of their Christmas/ Thanksgiving traditions. The children were all so excited to see their characters blown up huge, floating in the sky – Spongebob Squarepants, Red Power Ranger, Blues Clues, The Grinch, Cat in the Hat, Picachu & Snoopy to name just a few! 


After around 3 hours, we finally caught sight of the big man himself. Seeing Santa marks the end of the parade. It was truly a magical experience that I will never forget. The reindeers at the front, Rudolph guiding his sleigh and Santa on his sleigh behind. He was so exuberant, so warm & what you would hope Santa would be like… He was stood up on his sleigh waving at the crowd, making sure to make eye contact with all the children (& me too, of course!). 


There was no doubting that he was the REAL Father Christmas & I am 100% a believer! 


With less than 2 weeks until Christmas Day, we are all busy getting things in place, wrapping gifts, & enjoying all of the festivities. 


Let’s Cheers to a New Year, Decade & 2020!


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